STRIP clubs are being caught breaking adult entertainment laws against a backdrop of sexual assaults on dancers and prostitution claims. The Courier-Mail can reveal venues are being regularly busted for failing to supervise lap dances, failing to produce the permits allowing the nude entertainment and serving minors on premises. But tougher measures are being called for after clubs mostly escaped with little more than a warning letter or minimum fines for more serious offences.
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The cases are revealed in Liquor Licensing reports obtained under Freedom of Information laws and expose the seedy side of Queensland the Bligh Government rarely talks about. The incidents at clubs from Cairns to the Gold Coast come two decades after the Fitzgerald Inquiry exposed the thriving illegal practices of brothels and strip clubs centred around Fortitude Valley. Brisbane CBD club Showgirls faces losing its permit after a raft of incidents, including dancers getting too close to patrons and the alleged rape of a dancer in a VIP room during a performance.
But industry group EROS Australia admits the cases are likely to be only the tip of the iceberg as Liquor Licensing inspected the 26 venues holding permits only once every seven weeks last year, down from five weeks ly.
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Treasurer Andrew Fraser yesterday defended his department's enforcement, saying many "cowboy outfits" had been removed in recent years. Mr Fraser said more serious cases were referred to police. Only a warning letter was given to Players at Surfers Paradise last July after a supervisor was distracted eating a packet of Twisties.
Police found no controller was supervising four lap dances on upper level at just after 2am. Controller claimed she left the area to speak to Mr Zanthopolous, despite a phone being there for that purpose. Mr Zanthopolous became defensive and poked policeman in the shoulder.
Warning letter issued for insufficient crowd controller supervising dances with manager acting in both roles. No age advising patrons of CCTV cameras or of the house policy being available.
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Dancer alleged she was raped by a patron and associate of e during a lap dance in a VIP room, which was being renovated and could only be entered with fingerprint identification. Complaint later withdrawn. Venue was also unable to produce its. Liquor Licensing could not substantiate the allegation. Warning letter issued after advertising on promo cards and website was deemed illegal for describing explicit nature of entertainment.
e refused to be interviewed. Permit training register not available for inspection and poor record keeping found.
A patron placed his hand between a dancer's legs, she told him off and he hit her three times in the head. Police said security did not report the incident as 20 to 25 Rebel Motorcycle Gang members were at the club at the time and one was believed to be the offender.
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Juvenile found on premises while adult entertainment was ongoing. He told police he was not required to produce identification at the door or when he bought drinks at the bar.
e convicted and charged with permitting a minor to consume alcohol and view adult entertainment. Adult entertainment found to have insufficient lighting in the so-called "Fantasy Corner", poor record keeping for controllers, CCTV not covering day period. Warning letter issued after spot check identified crowd controller register not filled out properly and tables and chairs obstructing the fire escape.
Media advertisements, sandwich boards outside and pictures on website promoting "Jazz's Jugs Party" deemed to be too explicit, particularly given a Catholic Church and school are located within m of premises. No fine after negotiations fixed age. Warning letter also issued after no crowd controllers stopping minors from entering adult entertainment area, poor record keeping was found and a lack of adult entertainment age at one entry.
While no minors were detected Warning letter issued after supervisor caught failing to supervise around 13 lap dances being undertaken, poor record keeping found and problems with age. Warning issued after three lap dances took place in the VIP Lounge while the controller failed to supervise and instead spun tunes as the DJ. Warning letter issued after controller in lap dance area not watching dances taking place and instead taking money.
Warning letter issued after controller failed to supervise lap dances as they were too busy taking money and talking to new clients. CCTV images were also deemed to be of poor quality. Warning letter issued club one person was found doing three roles, including manager, crowd controller and controller of adult entertainment.
The supervisor was also "entertaining" three men instead of watching dances. e warned after controllers not adequately supervising adult entertainment and instead doing other work. He was also warned for strip unable to produce parts of licence. Warning letter issued after inspectors found poor record keeping and e was unable to produce explicit service of alcohol register.
Girl admitted cards were handed out nightly.
Warning letter issued after inspectors entered lap dancing room around When asked by police and Liquor Licensing Division officer how many dances were taking places, he stated three. However, police and Liquor Licensing Division officer noted four patrons in the room with four dancers. The view from the controller's chair only showed half of the dancers. Warning letter issued after a lack of controllers for adult entertainment, CCTV not working correctly and inappropriate advertising.
Warning letter issued after e failed to provide licence, ensure adult entertainment was being supervised properly and use approved controllers. The controller had been eating Twisties and drinking from a bottle. Complaint received that minors were on the premises and possible consuming alcohol.
Liquor Licensing could not substantiate the complaint. Warning issued after police found no controller supervising adult entertainment of two exotic dancers performing on the main stage.
Also no controller supervising lap dancing area. Manager also failed to produce document. Warning letter issued after touting for customers outside venue. Nominee later provided false and misleading statements to inspectors. Warning letter after employee was caught spruiking outside club on Orchid Ave and also advertising containing sexually explicit material. Warning issues after club was caught with no crowd controller supervising a lap dancer with a client.
Patron allegedly groped female dancer while she was telling him the prices.
He then picked a fight with security. Source: Queensland Treasury Freedom of Information request, including only breaches of a Adult Entertainment Permits and not normal Liquor Licensing breaches between and More recent cases not included as investigations were ongoing. Originally published as Brisbane's underbelly exposed. Log in up.
Log out. Patrick Lion. October 12, pm. The Velvet Cigar, Paddington, April 1, Police found no controller was supervising four lap dances on upper level at just after 2am. July 15, Warning letter issued for insufficient crowd controller supervising dances with manager acting in both roles.